MPs Call for Probe as 491 Babies Left to Die After Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 31, 2013   |   1:52PM   |   Ottawa, Canada

Members of the Canadian Parliament has called for a probe into the figures from a story LifeNews broke showing 491 babies have been born alive and subsequently left to die following failed abortions.

Figures from Statistics Canada, a federal government agency, show 491 babies were born alive following botched abortions during the period from 2000-2009 and left to die afterwards. The numbers have pro-life advocates up in arms.

In the days after the revelations, 4,600 emails were sent to the House of Commons in the four days following the story alone. director, Mike Schouten said, “Canadians are rightly concerned with Canada’s lack of legal protection for pre-born children, and have taken that concern to new levels as they observe the erosion of protection for born children.”

“Canadians are rightly concerned with Canada’s lack of legal protection for pre-born children, and have taken that concern to new levels as they observe the erosion of protection for born children,” he told LifeNews. “491 children, already born, have been left to die and we have not heard anything from our justice system, political leaders, or mainstream media. What is going on?”

Three MPs are asking the same question.

In a letter they sent to LifeNews, MPs Maurice Vellacott of Saskatoon-Wanuskwein, Leon Benoit of Vegreville-Wainwright and Wladyslaw Lizon of Mississauga East-Cooksville have asked RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson ot investigate. The text of the letter follows:

January 23, 2013
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson
RCMP National Headquarters
Headquarters Building
73 Leikin Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R2
Dear Commissioner Paulson,
Recent public reports have revealed the possibility of numerous breaches of the Criminal Code – to be specific, homicides – in Canada which need to be investigated.
These killings appear to have started out as attempted abortions, but the babies were born alive. At the blog, Run With Life, you will learn: “From 2000 to 2009 in Canada, there were 491 abortions, of 20 weeks gestation and greater, that resulted in live births. This means that the aborted child died after it was born. These abortions are coded as P96.4 or ‘Termination of pregnancy, affecting fetus and newborn'” (
The data used to discover the existence of these possible murders is from Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 102-0536, “Deaths by Cause, Chapter XVI, Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period” (
According to the Criminal Code, a child is considered to be a human being and a person after proceeding fully from the mother’s womb, therefore, based on Section 223(2) of the Criminal Code, there should be 491 homicide investigations or prosecutions in connection with these deaths.
As you would know, Section 223(2) of the Criminal Code reads, “A person commits homicide when he causes injury to a child before or during its birth as a result of which the child dies after becoming a human being.” That is to say, anyone who interferes with a pregnancy such that the child dies after it is born alive due to that interference is guilty of homicide.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has also reported 119 live birth abortions for the year 2010/2011 (, which is an extremely troubling increase from previous years.
This increase indicates that the killing of Canadian children may continue to grow if these apparent crimes are not investigated, and the perpetrators prosecuted.
These incidents appear to be homicides. Therefore a thorough police investigation is required, and I am formally requesting you to pursue that. I can make several experts on this matter available to you in the course of your investigation, should you so desire.
These incidents that need investigating took place across Canada, making this a national investigation. Furthermore, in many of Canada’s province’s, the RCMP is the provincial police force. It, therefore, is the best police force in Canada to exercise the leadership necessary to investigate these serious charges.
I look forward to your expeditious confirmation that you have commenced an investigation.
Yours sincerely,
Maurice Vellacott, Leon Benoit,
Member of Parliament, Member of Parliament,
Saskatoon-Wanuskwein Vegreville-Wainwright
Wladyslaw Lizon,
Member of Parliament,
Mississauga East-Cooksville